5 Surprising Scientific Facts About Love And Attraction
Love and attraction have been studied extensively by science, and what has been unearthed might surprise you. Here are 5 surprising but true scientific facts about love and attraction. We might not know exactly why these things happen, but no doubt at some point in our evolutionary history, they served our ancestors well.
1. Men are more patient
Although popular culture tends to cast women as the sex more likely to sit by the phone, this isn’t actually the case. According to research, women wait just 7 days to hear back from a date before giving up. Men are willing to wait an average of 11.25 days. Men are also 80% more likely than women to go on a date with someone with whom they do not yet feel the chemistry.
2. Your voice changes when talking to someone attractive
Studies show that both men and women change their voices when speaking with someone they perceive as attractive. Interestingly, for both sexes, the vocal tone actually drops down.
3. Beauty really can’t be ignored
First impressions do matter, and attractiveness counts for a lot, according to scientific research. When subjects were asked to attend to a cognitively demanding task while ignoring irrelevant faces that popped up periodically, attractive faces were far more distracting than unattractive ones. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but once you see it, putting it out of your mind can be challenging.
4. Men prefer the lady in red
Women: if you want to up your odds of being noticed without drawing too much attention, opt to wear something red. For reasons that are not yet clear, studies consistently show that when the same woman wears red versus a different color, men are more inclined to engage her in deeper conversations. This is true even when the clothing styles are otherwise identical.
5. Women really do like wealth and prestige
Sorry, men. Despite protests to the contrary, science shows that wealth and prestige affect women far differently than men. When the same woman is seated in a high-status car rather than an average one, men tend to rate her as equally attractive. When a man is seated in a high-status car, however, women consistently rate him as more attractive. Maybe this is an evolutionary holdover from the days when men were providers?
We have been inspired by amazing neuroscientists and a biological anthropologist, Credit to ‘’The Anatomy of Love’’